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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 2 October 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Loughshore Hotel Arena

Attendance: 483

Referee: Andrew Davey

Carrick Rangers home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Alex Gawne 55'
  •   Jordan Gibson 90+3'
  •   Jonte Smith 32'
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Jordan Gibson celebrates scoring Carrick's stoppage time winner ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com

TEN-MAN CARRICK SNATCH STOPPAGE TIME WINNER

Third placed Carrick Rangers bounced back from a goal down and a man down to defeat Ballymena United at the Loughshore Hotel Arena.

Chris Rodgers came close to opening the scoring for the visitors early on when he met a Ross Redman corner but Carrick keeper Neil Shields did well to keep the effort out.

United did move in front, however, just after the half-hour mark. A free-kick wasn't cleared by the home defence with a ball bouncing around the area before Jonte Smith instinctively headed past Shields.

It got worse Carrick almost from the restart when they were reduced to ten men following Stewart Nixon's dismissal for a challenge on Caolan Loughran.

Stuart King's side might have levelled just before the break only for Reece Glendinning's free-kick to curl just wide of the United goal.

The visitors came close to doubling their lead a couple of minutes after the break when an attempted clearance came back off the crossbar before Ryan Waide headed over the rebound.

However, Carrick levelled on 55 minutes. The United rearguard failed to deal with a long clearance and Gawne took advantage to bravely head over keeper Jordan Williamson.

United thought they had restored their advantage when a Jude Winchester through ball deflected off a defender into the path of Paul McElroy but his 'goal' was ruled out by the officials.

Next it was Carrick's turn to almost edge in front when Gawne teed Ben Tilney up only for his effort to be scooped over before, at the other end, Waide's shot came off a defender and clipped the crossbar while Loughran could only nod the resultant corner just wide.

Carrick pressed in the closing moments to snatch what at one time seemed would be an unlikely winner.

Kyle Cherry came close with a first-time effort from the edge of the area which Williamson did well to turn away.

But, three minutes into added time, Jordan Gibson struck to seal the points for Rangers after another defensive error presented the opportunity for the 26-year-old to fire past the visiting keeper.

Carrick Rangers: Shields, Forsythe, Surgenor, Ervin, McGuckin, Gawne, Cherry, Nixon, Glendinning, Tilney, Anderson subs Shannon (not used), D. Kelly (replaced Anderson 76), E. Kelly (not used), Kalla (not used), Mulholland (not used), Gibson (replaced McGuckin 65), Millar (not used)

Ballymena United: Williamson, Chapman, Redman, Winchester, McElroy, Waide, McCullough, Rodgers, Loughran, Millar, Smith subs Johnston (not used), McKeown (not used), Kane (not used), Barr (replaced Winchester 83), McGrory (replaced Chapman 79), Bramall (replaced Smith 79), Beattie (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Carrick Rangers   2 - 1 Ballymena United
  • GOAL

    Jordan Gibson

    Carrick Rangers

    90+3'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Brendan Barr

    Ballymena United

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Chapman

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonte Smith

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Bramall

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lloyd Anderson

    Carrick Rangers

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kelly

    Carrick Rangers

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Emmett McGuckin

    Carrick Rangers

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Gibson

    Carrick Rangers

    65'
  • GOAL

    Alex Gawne

    Carrick Rangers

    55'
  •  Red Card

    Stewart Nixon

    Carrick Rangers

    34'
  • GOAL

    Jonte Smith

    Ballymena United

    32'
  •  Yellow Card

    Caolan Loughran

    Ballymena United

    25'

Carrick Rangers

  • Neil Shields
  • Kurtis Forsythe
  • Mark Surgenor
  • Jim Ervin
  • Emmett McGuckin red substitution 65'
  • Alex Gawne 55'
  • Kyle Cherry
  • Stewart Nixon 34'
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Ben Tilney
  • Lloyd Anderson red substitution 76'

Substitutes

  • Gregg Shannon
  • Daniel Kelly green substitution 76'
  • Ewan Kelly
  • Ronan Kalla
  • Matthew Mulholland
  • Jordan Gibson green substitution 65' 90+3'
  • Jack Millar

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Lee Chapman red substitution 79'
  • Ross Redman
  • Jude Winchester red substitution 83'
  • Paul McElroy
  • Ryan Waide
  • Steven McCullough
  • Christopher Rodgers
  • Caolan Loughran 25'
  • Leroy Millar
  • Jonte Smith red substitution 79' 32'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Owen McKeown
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Brendan Barr green substitution 83'
  • Andrew McGrory green substitution 79'
  • Daniel Bramall green substitution 79'
  • Spencer Beattie
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